I am a 24 year old Jewish Zionist and I’m making Aliyah

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I am a 24 year old Jewish Zionist and I’m making Aliyah

“On the Aliyah website it says “welcome home.” The first time I read that, I cried.”

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Lauren Isaacs, Toronto Director of Herut Canada

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I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and have loved living there. I’ve never known anything other than Toronto. When I was 20 years old, I visited Israel for the first time. I came to Israel on a subsidized youth trip run through my local synagogue. What was the real reason I visited Israel that first time? It was a cheap trip, my friends were going to party, and I wanted to live it up (go to the beach, meet Israeli boys, the whole nine yards). 

When my feet touched the ground at Ben Gurion airport, something radically changed my perspective and the trip altogether: I felt at home. As Elie Wiesel said, when a Jew visits Israel for the first time, it’s not really the first time – it’s a homecoming. I truly felt that sentiment from the very first moment I was in Israel. I’ve travelled before: England, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, and all over Canada. For the first time, I didn’t feel as though I was travelling… I felt as though I had returned from a long trip abroad.

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During that first trip my love for the country grew from a spark into a roaring flame, and the trajectory of my trip (and ultimately my entire life) changed. I extended the trip and stayed for an additional three weeks in Jerusalem, studying at a seminary the entire time. When I returned to Toronto after that first trip, the emotions were overwhelming. It wasn’t that I was sad to leave Israel. The word “sad” does not suffice. I was incomplete returning to Toronto. I left a very large piece of my heart, soul, and self behind in Israel. From then on, I resolved to visit Israel every year forever more. 

For three years I did visit once a year, loving the people, the culture, the holiness, and the feeling of being home in Eretz Yisrael. On the fourth year, this year, I decided to come live in Israel for an entire year, instead of simply visiting during the summer. So I packed up my life, jumped on a plane, and landed in Israel – in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Goldstein and another trainee at the training camp

I was sent straight into a mandatory 14 day quarantine in Jerusalem. Sitting alone, in a small Airbnb room, alone in Israel. I couldn’t be happier. Nothing, not even the craziness of the pandemic, could ruin my love and desire for Israel. And thus, after four days of sitting in quarantine, I decided that this place, this country, this nation was where I needed to be for the rest of my life.

I called up my family to give them the news of my decision, and to my surprise, I found out there had been a wager going. Every single family member had bet that I would make Aliyah; the wager was simply regarding how long it would take. My brother won with his bet of less than six weeks. The unconditional support of my family gave me the strength I needed to go online and fill out the Aliyah paperwork. 

On the Aliyah website it says “welcome home.” The first time I read that, I cried. It was too emotional not to. I am a Jew, descended from Jews who have been exiled from their homeland for thousands of years. To be the first one in my family to come back home to Israel is a very emotional feeling.

I am an unapologetic Zionist, and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life in Eretz Yisrael. I can’t believe it’s finally happening. I’ve spent 24 years living in the Diaspora, in exile, and I can finally say that I am returning home.

I am incredibly grateful to be here in Jerusalem. And one day soon, I will proudly call myself an Israeli. Am Yisrael Chai!

Lauren Isaacs was the most prominent young Zionist in the country last year, as the Toronto Director of Herut Canada. She has offered to chronicle her experiences for TheJ.ca as she transitions to her new life in Israel. 

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We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

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We thank you for your ongoing support.

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Editorial: Safety Of Canadian Jews In Our Own Hands, Not Our Leaders’

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Editorial: Safety Of Canadian Jews In Our Own Hands, Not Our Leaders'

The year 2019 was a watershed year for Jews in Winnipeg and the absence of the harassment and violence plaguing our brethren in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Europe should not fool anyone, it's coming, we have to be ready, and our leaders are not prepared for the task.

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TheJ.ca came into existence last spring because we could see clearly the fires fueling rabid antisemitism being fed not only by traditional enemies, but by new political and social allegiances they forged, that incorporated using useful Jewish idiots on the progressive left to legitimize their anti-Zionist messaging.

Winnipeg Jews were shocked last February when I exposed the infiltration of the Jewish Federation by anti-Israel sympathizers who used their positions in Limmud to platform a pro-BDS ‘rabinical student’ IfNotNow leader and tried to foist him off on 3 synagogues as a legitimate Shabbat dinner speaker. (Federation didn’t even know what IfNotNow was, because seemingly they didn’t read the memos about INN harassment of Federation buildings in Boston and Detroit and anti-Israel incidents by INN chapters on campuses in other cities.)

Try as they did to disassociate their institutions from Lex Rofeberg’s presence in our community, concerns linger. How were the shuls were so easily fooled? Why was he allowed to speak inside a community-funded classroom? And questions still linger about the mingling of Federation and Limmud business leading into the 2019 session.

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Less than 2 months later, our institutions had to be dragged into the fray when the radicalized executive of the Social Planning Council shielded their antisemitic agenda by cloaking the appearance of the vile Sharia-touting Linda Sarsour under the guise of raising money for a moribund Muslim Women’s charity.

This came about because, as I warned, the progressive left had identified Winnipeg as a soft target – or, a target sufficiently softened up – to spread antisemitism and hatred of Zionists in the guise of “justice” and “human rights”.

4200 people had signed the petition stating Linda Sarsour was not welcome to spread her hate in Winnipeg

It was only upon the leadership of Ron East and his wife Shirli spearheading a petition, that the Seven Oaks School Division reversed course within days after being duped into renting a venue. But upon the move of the panel event to the local communist Ukrainian outpost, Jewish community leaders used every excuse in the book – “it’s on Erev Shabbas, it’s during Pesach, protests just draw attention to them” to refuse to spread the word about the protest across from the hall.

The Overton Window shift of Winnipeg newsrooms was firmly proven as a sympathetic media repeated the Sarsour-nik narrative:

  • the event was “sold out” (tickets were being offered all around Selkirk Avenue),
  • the protesters were “forced” by city police to take up across the street on McGregor (that position was chosen the day before — by the protest organizers),
  • the opposition to Sarsour was simply ‘a few loud individuals’ (because God forbid, anyone in the Winnipeg media or “activist” crowd admit that ultimately over 4200 people had signed the petition stating Linda Sarsour was not welcome to spread her hate in Winnipeg)

We have not heard the end about media coverage of that SPC event with Linda Sarsour, but since then newsrooms have not jumped onto any other story about antisemitism to such a degree. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

When Nakba Day came up in May, once again the Federation piled up the excuses not to lead the Jewish and Israeli community to face the pro-terrorist faction, and it was left to the grassroots to score a stunning tactical victory by intercepting the march before it got to City Hall, deflating the hatefest with calls for peaceful cooperation and a 2 state solution.

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Despite the proven success of even a moderate presence with 5 Magen David flags, the Federation refused to counter the protest outside the Negev Gala in June, letting the quisiling progressive Jewish rump deliver twisted anti-Israel rhetoric on Main Street at rush hour across from City Hall, without challenge.

In July it was considered too provocative by our enemies for the Jewish community to even have a public discussion in a civic building about the threat caused by the Jewish left making league with murderous Islamists.

City officials first canceled the venue for a speech by Lauren Isaacs of Herut Canada, then lied about canceling the event when the outrage poured into their email boxes and phone lines. About this affront to community safety, Federation again stayed silent.

The state of Jewish Hate Event with Lauren Isaacs

Is it any wonder then that pro-BDS terrorist-lovers from Nakba Day stood across from the Rady Centre spewing more lies and hate about Israel during Folklorama, knowing the Jewish leadership had no idea who they were and lacked the spine to even find out their names and affiliations.

I need not enumerate the parade of anti-Israel speakers who have appeared since August, and that Federation officials had no knowledge of those scheduled events. With every incidence of “official” silence and avoidance of confrontation, those that hate Jews take it as a cue they are mainstream enough to fall under the ‘free speech’ umbrella and grow their numbers among woke activists, so-called peace movements, and among local Islamists.

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

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